chin implant picture for bristol palin jaw surgery storyJaw surgery or chin surgery have never been hot or trendy topics in cosmetic surgery. But with the recent tabloid stories focusing on Bristol Palin’s new look, more people are discussing these procedures.

“I had corrective jaw surgery” Palin tells US Weekly. “It improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons…so my jaw and teeth could properly realign,” she explains. While it sounds like she is probably talking about Orthognathic surgery, the aesthetic change in Palin’s chin is hard to miss, leading some to suggest that she had chin augmentation.

Could chin augmentation be considered a corrective or “medically necessary” surgery? Because it treats microgenia – i.e. smallness of the chin – it could be considered corrective.

When the chin is small in relation to the nose or forehead, those features can appear noticeably large. By increasing chin length by a small degree (with an implant or genioplasty), a surgeon can enhance the patient’s overall facial balance.

In chin augmentation, an incision is made inside the mouth or below the chin A pocket is then created in front of the jaw bone where the implant will reside. As an alternative, especially for more severe cases of microgenia, the tip of the chin bone can be moved forward.